In a world worn down by cynicism, humour is an excellent non-confrontational tool for overcoming resistance to new ideas. Funny stories can defuse hostile attitudes, loosen entrenched mindsets, and shake up worldviews so that minds become more permeable to change and new ways of thinking.
This week’s Reconnect explores Ekostories that utilize humour not just for entertainment purposes, but also as social commentary and criticism that strike at the root of the ecological crisis. Dinosaurs’ series finale Changing Nature is a satirical take on humanity’s attitude towards the environment that hits uncomfortably close to home. Louis CK’s hilarious routine highlights the importance of comedians as storytellers in today’s culture by that reminding us that we should give thanks more than once a year. Finally, Gary Larson’s There’s a Worm in My Dirt! is his twisted take on a fairy tale that can hopefully inspire us to better understand the flora and fauna that we share our planet with.